- to utter the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf or a sound resembling such a cry.
- to give forth with or as if with a bleat: He bleated his objections in a helpless rage.
- to babble; prate.
- the cry of a sheep, goat, or calf.
- any similar sound: the bleat of distant horns.
- foolish, complaining talk; babble: I listened to their inane bleat all evening.
Origin of bleat
Examples from the Web for bleating
Hearken to the bleating of newborn two-headed freak candidacy lambs.PJ’s Political Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatheads
P. J. O’Rourke
March 14, 2014
Sheep were bleating high up on the frost-nipped side of the fell.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
His lower jaw had been trembling all the time and his voice was like the bleating of a sick goat.The Shadow-Line
The bleating of the new-dropt lambs was faintly heard from the fields.The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
Simultaneously she remembered that she had not heard the bleating of the sheep.Brand Blotters
William MacLeod Raine
The bleating of the fawn at once recalls the mother to its side.The Hunters' Feast
- (intr) (of a sheep, goat, or calf) to utter its characteristic plaintive cry
- (intr) to speak with any similar sound
- to whine; whimper
- the characteristic cry of sheep, goats, and young calves
- any sound similar to this
- a weak complaint or whine
Word Origin and History for bleating
Old English blætan, from West Germanic *bhle- (cf. Dutch blaten "to bleat"), of imitative origin (cf. Greek blekhe "a bleating; the wailing of children," Old Church Slavonic blejat "to bleat," Latin flere "to weep"). Related: Bleated; bleating.
c.1500, from bleat (v.).